In a major breakthrough, a man suspected to have murdered a 24-year-old woman IT professional in Chennai was arrested tonight in Tirunelveli district, police said.
After stalking her for months, he allegedly murdered S Swathi using a sickle here last week.
Ram Kumar, an engineering graduate, was arrested in Tirunelveli. Kumar, a native of Shencottah near Tirunelveli, was staying in Choolaimedu area in the city where Swathi had resided for quite some time.
He was taken to a hospital for treatment after he allegedly attempted to commit suicide, police said.
The motive of the killing is being investigated and other probe-related details in the case are being awaited, police said.
Swathi, employed with software giant Infosys, was found dead with cut injuries on her face and neck around 6.30 AM on a platform in Nungambakkam railway station on June 24.
The arrest of Kumar has also come as huge embarrassment for the supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had taken to Twitter to allege that Swathi’s killer was a Muslim, who had murdered her in an ISIS style.
Jantakareporter.com was the first to report the tweet by one Ramki, whose claim to fame includes being followed by PM Modi.
He had tweeted, “Daylight ISIS type beheading of a Hindu IT Professional By a Muslim in Chennai. #JusticeForSwathi Why Media Silent?.”
(With inputs from PTI)